Would have been good, hadn't Canon made it useless.
1 July 2012
Summary: I hardly ever use my printer, still it is always out of ink. No exceptions. Even if I just replaced the ink cartridges, somehow magically it manages to be out of ink anyway.
Pros: Great feature set. OK build quality. OK software.
Cons: The showstopper is its insane ink usage. You could just as well buy a full set of ink cartridges and throw them directly in the garbage, instead of bothering with installing them in the printer first. Repeat ad nauseam.
Summary: I really don't understand why this printer is rated so high. I bought this printer as a high quality replacement for an HP I had for many years (PSC750) and it sucks. The ink runs out in what seems like 5 prints and there are about 7 different individual color cartridges at 13 bucks a pop that need constant rotational replacement and are not easy to find (and run out at all different times).
Summary: I have owned 2 canon printers before this. I have owned, upgraded, still own a line of Canon Cameras & lenses. I've been happy with everything. Until now. Does this printer print well? I guess. Is it fast, not particularly, but we don't need speedy printing. What it does do very well is drink ink with an alcoholic's thirst. I am going to make this very simple: We use this printer inconsistently, bordering on rarely.
Summary: This is a great little printer if you like to buy ink on a regular schedule. I use this printer intermitently and it makes great prints, works fast, is easy to use, and I am all around very happy with it except that whether or not you use the color printing, the color inks run out on a regular schedule. Evidently they are just sitting in there drying up.
Summary: I checked Consumer Report before I bought the 980 & did my homework first & glad I did!!! Many of the reviews I read were all very Positive about the printer, the only Negative ones I read was the issue on ink usage! Those who say that the Pixma 980 is an INK MONSTER is just plain old "CHEAP"! Those are the same buyers that stock up when McDonalds or Burger King runs specials on Burgers at $.20 each & you get what you pay for, nothing but a GUT GRENADE.
Summary: I have owned this printer for nearly a year now, and I can say beyond a doubt that it's the worst printer purchase I've ever made. Does it print beautiful photos? Sure, but I can get higher quality digital prints cheaper at the store than I can make them at home. Does it scan and copy beautifully and accurately? Absolutely! This is one heck of a scanning unit.
Summary: It works fine, but you must use either Canon Cartridges or, alternatively, if you want to re-fill you have to buy some special cartridges with electronic chips on them. This is because there's all kinds of validation on the printer computer to check the following: Ink is full or not, genuine Canon cartridge, Cartridge is loose, and a host of other checks. My printer failed with the error "Cartridge is loose" and I could not get it to work no matter what!